But Virgin Media's TiVo offering is performing well even without Netflix. The MSO reported Wednesday that it ended 2011 with 435,100 TiVo subs after adding 273,000 net TiVo customers in the fourth quarter. On the financial front, Virgin posted a fourth-quarter profit of £48.2 million (US$76.64 million), versus a year-ago loss of £73.8 million (US$117.36 million), on revenues of £1 billion (US$1.59 billion), up 2 percent. It also added 12,100 video subs and 44,100 Internet customers in the quarter.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has "enhanced" its U-verse app for the iPad with features that turn the tablet into a fancy remote control, add search and recommendation elements, and let subs manage their DVRs remotely. Still missing among those enhancements: a way for customers to watch live TV on the tablets.
Canada's Telus Corp. (NYSE: TU; Toronto: T) has deployed components of Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) Videoscape, the vendor's cloud-based, multi-screen platform for pay-TV operators, to power the carrier's Optik TV "on the go" service for mobile devices. For the deployment, Telus is using the Videoscape MediaSuite (multi-screen content management and publishing) and software clients for the mobile devices. Telus's TV Everywhere service supports iOS devices as well as six Android models, and is being offered to customers in Alberta and British Columbia. (See Cisco's Videoscape Stresses Cloud Control.)